Where did the Spanish Reyes family come from? What is the Spanish coat of arms/family crest? When did the Reyes family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?
From the historical and enchanting region of Spain emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Reyes family. The Reyes surname is derived from the Latin "regis, " meaning "royal." The Spanish word "rey" means "king," while "reina" means "queen." Bearing this name does not necessarily imply royal ancestry however; as, when surnames first began to be used in Medieval Spain, nicknames were often taken on as surnames.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Reyes, Rey, de Reyes, de los Reyes, del Rey, Reina, de la Reina, de Reina, Reinoso, de Reinoso, Reynoso, de Reynoso, Reinosa, de Reinosa, Reynosa, de Reynosa, Real, de Real and many more.
First found in Castile, an important Christian kingdom of medieval Spain.
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Among the early migrants to the New World were Esteban Real, who sailed to America in 1511; Diego Reales sailed to America in 1515; Bartolomé de Real sailed to America in 1516.
Some noteworthy people of the name Reyes
* Alfonso Reyes (1889-1959), Mexican literary scholar, poet, and diplomat.
* José Lizárraga Reyes (b. 1932), Peruvian civil engineer.
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